Feminist perspectives are slowly becoming the standard for deconstructing popular culture. When doing so issues of masculine hegemony, gender roles, heteronormativity, objectivity, and an abundance of other concepts that stir up controversy are brought to the surface. Popular culture allows for the challenging of problems women have faced for many years, but it some cases is adheres to these traditions. It is vital to be able to see the overall message in a pop culture text in order to understand its implications. Some texts hold messages that were not intended to be there in the first place. There will forever be controversy when it comes to pop culture, especially when it comes to television shows, as the average Canadian watches 30
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The contrast in these definitions is not only discriminating but scary, as many television shows we are surrounded by today have direct depictions of these roles. Gender roles are a significant area of study for feminists because they help to critique the reproducing of oppressive practises based on the belief that these roles are the “norm,” when in fact most of the time we are performing them.
Gender Performativity is a term created by post-structuralist feminist philosopher, Judith Butler. Judith Butler is one of the most prominent social theorists that have worked on issues pertaining to the social construction of gender. Butler's most known work is Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity, published in 1991, which argues for gender performativity. (Butler, 2006) This means that gender is not an essential category. The repetitive performances of “male” and “female” in accordance with social norms are what create gender roles, generating the appearance of a naturalized and essential binary. According to Butler, an individual is always "doing" gender, performing or deviating from the socially accepted performance of gender stereotypes. (Butler, 2006) Doing gender is not just about acting in a particular way. It is about embodying and believing certain gender norms and engaging in